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The Retreat at Russell

Emerald Ridge, Russell, Bay Of Islands

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  • 6 People
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • No Smoking
  • Wifi


A stylish stay with all the modern comforts and conveniences, The Retreat at Russell is a beautifully crafted home perched on the hillside behind Russell, nestled into the surrounding native bush encompassing the retreat, and onwards to Matauwhi Bay.

Set in a newly established gated community just on the hill behind the town centre, you'll feel a world away yet only be a three-minute drive from the hub of Russell, or a 15-minute walk if you feel like tackling the final uphill return!

This indulgent accommodation has been carefully decorated to create a warm, welcoming and chic space to call home. Catch yourself sitting out on the outdoor lounge suite on the top balcony, admiring the view while you read a good book or sip a glass of wine. Or, in the cool evenings, rinse off under the outdoor shower before spoiling yourself with a soak in the large six-person hot tub.

The contemporary must-haves are on site, including a heat pump for year-round heating or cooling, unlimited broadband & WiFi, a Smart TV with Freeview, Apple TV, and a DVD player with a good selection of DVDs. You'll also find board games for traditional entertainment, and a Sonos sound system to throw on your favourite tunes! The Retreat’s iPad can be used to access the internet or manage Spotify as well.

The Retreat at Russell sleeps up to six guests in three bedrooms in the lower of two storeys. Each bedroom is elegant and well-furnished, offering the ideal place to rest your head at the end of each day. The lower deck also provides a quiet place to rest & read, or simply contemplate nature around you, swaying in a hanging seat.

You're in a prime location here, just a five-minute drive to picturesque Long Beach for days spent down on the sand enjoying this lovely area. The Okiato to Russell track is a scenic and pleasant walk along the waterfront and through native bush and wetland flats. Keen walkers can complete the trail in half a day, or stroll a shorter stretch, stopping at a cafe along the way! You can take a ferry to the treaty grounds at Waitangi, or Paihia across the bay, or sign up for any of the large range of activities available in the beautiful Bay of Islands.

The gorgeous Paroa Bay Winery is within driving distance if wine tasting is up your alley, or the Omata Estate Boutique Winery for a slightly more casual, but no less scrumptious experience. Check out historic Russell, New Zealand's first capital, and get immersed in the heritage and history of Aotearoa with a visit to Russell Museum or the iconic Pompallier Mission and Printery. Indulge yourself in the thriving retail scene, and dine out in style or simplicity on the waterfront.

A special find with a touch of Kiwi magic awaits, here at The Retreat at Russell!

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Bedroom Configuration

  • Bedroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Bedroom 2 (Level 1): 1 Queen Size Bed
  • Bedroom 3 (Level 1): 1 Super King Size Bed

Bathroom Configuration

  • Bathroom 1 (Level 1): 1 Bath, 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet
  • Bathroom 2 (Level 1): 1 Basin, 1 Shower, 1 Toilet
  • Bathroom 3 (Level 2): 1 Basin, 1 Toilet

Linen included

You’ll be glad to know linen is included in the nightly rate

Special Conditions

Please note this property may not be suitable for children due to the following risks:
- As shown in the photos, this property has unfenced access to a steep drop off in the garden and has unfenced access to a large expanse of bush nearby. It is essential that guests take personal responsibility for the safety of their group in and around the property.
- Please be aware that the property is on a very steep sloping section. All guests should take care in all areas of the garden.

Cleaning is included in the rate for up to 3 hours - you may be charged for any additional time over this.

The super king-size bed in bedroom 3 can be split to make two single beds. Please inform us at the time of booking which configuration you require.

Please be aware there is one security camera at this property, placed outside of the front door and pointing towards the driveway entrance. This will be operating during your stay, however will not affect your privacy within the house or amenities.

Please be aware that parties, gatherings and events are strictly not allowed at this property.

Please note as this is in a Kiwi Zone, no pets or animals are allowed on site. This is strictly enforced.


  • Bath
  • BBQ
  • Coffee machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Driveway (private)
  • Dryer
  • Fenced (fully)
  • Freeview
  • Fridge / Freezer
  • Garage
  • Hair dryer
  • Heat pump
  • Hot Tub / Spa pool
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Mobile cellphone Reception
  • Oven
  • Parking (off-street)
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • WIFI
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